Rabbi Alexandra Klein was born and raised in Montclair NJ. She came to TSTI as Assistant Rabbi in 2015 and became our Associate Rabbi in 2018.
A graduate of Haverford College, Rabbi Klein holds a BA in Psychology, as well as a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. During her rabbinic training, Rabbi Klein was honored as a Tisch Rabbinical Fellow, which enabled her to study innovative religious practices under the mentorship of Rabbi Dr. Lawrence Hoffman. Rabbi Klein now serves on the Tisch Alumni Advisory Council.
Before coming to TSTI, Rabbi Klein served as co-director of Synagogue 3000's pilot initiative with Jewish young adults called "Next Dor NYC;" as visiting rabbi of Beth Sholom Temple of Fredericksburg, VA; and oversaw the 6th-12th grade youth programs at Temple Beth Shalom of Needham, MA. She has also worked as a pastoral counselor at Central Synagogue and DOROT, and as a chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Since arriving at TSTI, Rabbi Klein has served as co-leader of the South Orange-Maplewood Interfaith Clergy Association, created the congregation’s first-ever full-time Youth Engagement position, and has facilitated numerous programs and engagement opportunities for children, families, and adults. Rabbi Klein is a life-long member of the URJ Camp Harlam community, and continues to volunteer her time there each summer as rabbinic faculty. She is passionate about building community and helping TSTI members deepen their connection to one another and to our sacred tradition.
Rabbi Klein and her husband Adam Seidman live in Maplewood with their beloved three-toed dog, Louie.